A Guide to the Insects of the Coal Oil Point Reserve

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Last updated 08/15/2005
 Insects of Coal Oil Point > Results


For its size, Coal Oil Pointhas a remarkable diversity of insects. The collection made for thisproject contained nearly 2000 specimens. After sorting, we found theseto represent 567 species of insects, in 18 different orders. The full list of species is available as a pdf or an Excel file.

The most diverse order at the Reserveappears to be Hymenoptera (ants, wasps and bees), with 177 speciesfound. This was surprising, as beetles (Coleoptera) are generallyconsidered to be the largest order of insects. However, at Coal OilPoint beetles came in second, with 143 species. Diptera (true flies)were a fairly close third, with 126 species. The chart below detailsthese results and those for other orders.

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